Ancient wildebeest-like animal shared 'bizarre' feature with dinosaur

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 20:21 in Paleontology & Archaeology

By poring over the fossilized skulls of ancient wildebeest-like animals (Rusingoryx atopocranion) unearthed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, researchers have discovered that the little-known hoofed mammals had a very unusual, trumpet-like nasal passage similar only to the nasal crests of lambeosaurine hadrosaur dinosaurs. The findings offer an example of convergent evolution between two very distantly related taxa and across tens of millions of years.

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